The Philippines is a tourist paradise, offering beaches, rich cuisines and colorful festivals across its 7000 islands.
Human trafficking is prevalent in the island nation, a crisis fuelled largely by poverty and a booming tourism industry
TIP: Tier 1
Destiny Rescue is actively fighting child sex trafficking in the Philippines. Working in partnership with law enforcement, our agents find victims of child sex trafficking and coordinate sting operations to rescue children and bring perpetrators to justice.
Destiny Rescue Philippines is an augmented assistance program that provides resources and logistics to partnered law enforcement agencies and national government agencies for the purpose of rescuing children from sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Agencies include multiple divisions of the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
In 2022, Destiny Rescue’s work in the Philippines accomplished:
Children urgently need rescuing from sex trafficking in the Philippines.
Between 60,000 to 100,000 children are trafficked each year through migration or within the country, according to a report in 2016 by global anti-child exploitation network ECPAT International.
In the Philippines, traffickers typically recruit girls and boys from villages in rural areas by baiting them with a false promise of a job or marriage. They’re then sold for sex in pubs, karaoke bars, nightclubs, on the streets or through social media.
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Latest rescue missions in the Philippines
Our work in the Philippines
Our rescue agents collaborate with law-enforcement teams to identify child sex trafficking victims and gather the evidence needed to build a legal case against their traffickers. We collaborate with multiple government agencies to coordinate a sting operation and free victims, arrest offenders and shut down establishments.
After a raid, our social workers work alongside government social workers to ensure that the survivors’ immediate needs are met including temporary housing, care and essential items.
We have helped rescue children, and even adults, from various types of trafficking in the country such as labor and cybersex trafficking. Our team’s expertise is recognised, used, and valued by law enforcement.
We operate rescue and reintegration programs in multiple countries across the world. Learn more about our mission to help end child sexual exploitation and trafficking in our lifetime.Learn More
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